I'm not implying anything negative by this (yet), but word on the street is that Bruichladdich master Jim McEwan has some serious business on the West Coast next week. I was invited to meet with him in SF on Monday afternoon, but when I asked if he was available Tuesday I was told, "he has to go to Livermore to meet with the heads from Costco." What in the heck does Costco want with Islay's most indie of whiskies? More importantly, will Costco be willing to bring in products specifically for single stores? Are they going to make him mass produce super-sized, Costco quantity casks? I'm very curious to find out more about this development.